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Indo-US 2+2 dialogue to deepen trade ties: US industry

The US Chamber of Commerce Wednesday said the upcoming ‘2+2 dialogue’ between India and the US will deepen trade ties and help achieve the $500-billion bilateral trade volume target by 2025.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defence Secretary Jim Mattis from the US will be holding the first 2+2 dialogue with defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman and external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj Thursday.

According to news reports, trade is not on the agenda for the 2+2 dialogue, even though there may be some mention on the ties.

Donohue said this is the first of its kind engagement for India; inclusion of India in a select list of countries like Japan, South Korea and Australia with whom the US is having such a dialogue makes the intentions very evident.

He said it is time for establishing a trade agreement between the two countries and pointed out that such a pact will particularly help the startups thrive in the innovation economy of the future.

“The pact can specifically help establish more power for intellectual property rights and also a rules-based system,” he added.

Donohue said both Washington DC and New Delhi need to work on many facets in order to leverage the trade potential.

He said India needs to continue unleashing more free market oriented reforms which will make it easier for companies to invest and operate in the country.

For the US, Donohue pointed out that his home country needs to be more open in welcoming immigrants, especially the high-skilled ones.

He said the US is staring at “demographic pain” in the future and while it will work at re-skilling the domestic work force, it will have to rethink on its immigration policies for being more open.

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